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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 August 2007, 10:08 GMT 11:08 UK
Second attack on scarecrow show
Site of vandalised scarecrows, Sheppey (picture by Gary Weston)
A touring scarecrow display has been vandalised for a second time
A touring exhibition of scarecrows has been vandalised for a second time.

The Hei People display was shown first at Chatham, where several figures were destroyed, and then moved to Gravesend.

The collection was installed in a field on the Isle of Sheppey on Friday, with some scarecrows wearing black armbands as a tribute to "perished comrades".

But on Friday night, nearly 400 of the figures were knocked over. Organisers have said they will rebuild the display and Kent Police have been called in.

The exhibition is currently in a field at Cowstead Farm, near Queenborough.

The Hei People are based on the work of Finnish artist Reijo Kela.

Site of vandalised scarecrows, Sheppey (picture by Gary Weston)
Organisers called the police after the display was vandalised

The current display included several vandalised figures from the first exhibition at Fort Amherst, Chatham.

Before the vandal attack on Friday, project manager Paivi Seppala said: "We're hoping that the same fate doesn't come to the Hei People in Sheppey.

"They are wearing black ribbons in memory of their fellows from Fort Amherst."

The scarecrows are made from wood, straw and dirt, and are clothed with donations from charity shops.

Pupils from Queenborough First School have created their own artwork based on the Hei People, which is on display at the Castle Gallery.


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